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Monthly Archives: September, 2015

CHRISTIE’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS RACE CAR

WALTER CHRISTIE designed and built outrageous race cars from 1904 to 1909. And the most outrageous was his last one, the 1909 racer that was later used by Barney Oldfield in … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

MAN, THE FIERCEST—AND MOST SHORT-SIGHTED?—PREDATOR

HUMANS ARE hunter-gathers by nature. However, in contrast to other predators, we are also technologists devising improved means of predation. And we are the only predators hunting for trophy or … Continue reading

September 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE BIRTH OF LOS ANGELES TV

PHILO T. FARNSWORTH may not have foreseen what he started. In 1927, the same year Charles Lindbergh flew non-stop New York to Paris, Farnsworth transmitted a televised image at his … Continue reading

September 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE UNIVERSE, 1914

WHAT A glorious time it must have been. Airplanes were barely a decade old, cars only a little more familiar. Both were novelties that people loved to watch. Race driver … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENTIAL

EVERY FEW years, I feel compelled to reeducate myself on the workings of an automotive differential. There’s nothing particularly life-critical about this; it’s akin to doing crosswords left-handed when one … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

TV HISTORY AND CULTURE

MY PRINCIPAL enthusiasms for television are British (its mysteries and period dramas) and historical (TV’s place in an evolving culture). I unearthed a book on this latter topic. I’ll save … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

FIAT ABARTH BRAVA ALITALIA GROUP 4

COMPETITION CARS are a hoot to drive, mainly because they make few concessions to anything resembling practicality. I’ve driven more than few in special settings, a Lancia Beta Montecarlo Group … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment